Proposal in Missouri legislature would end one safety inspection for vehicles passes house

Published: Mar. 29, 2019 at 4:28 PM CDT
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It's the end of the month and many mechanics are packed with people getting their car inspected. However, those lines may soon get a little shorter, due to efforts in Missouri to eliminate some car inspections.

Right now, inspections are required every other year for vehicles five years old and older. However, a bill passed by the House this week would change that.

Technicians at A-1 Custom Car Care are a little worried about the safety of their customers. Jim Michul is a technician at A1 Custom Car Care, and says it's a safety concern.

"It's all about safety, and I think it can be a weapon" said Michul. "It's just something that you have to be responsible when driving something like this."

He does a handful of these inspections a day, checking off a list.

"Anything related to the suspension, stopping, the tires, anything safety related," explained Michul.

While that list goes on, the list of requirements for the inspection may soon be changing.

Bill 451 passed by the House this week would only require inspections on vehicles more than 10 years old, or with more than 150-thousand miles.

However manager Ryan Kuse says that can become a safety concern.

"The longer you stretch that period out, the longer you give you components the ability to wear out and damage other components in the car," explained Kuse.

With fewer than 20 states requiring an inspection by a licensed technician, some people are excited to hear about the possible changes. However, Michul is not. He says it's not about the money, but the safety of the car, and the people inside.

"You really do need to so the inspections," stated Michul. "For safety, because I've seen cars that are from other state, they really do need to do the inspections. they really do."

The legislation now goes to the Senate.